Commencement FAQ
Updated 2/1/2018

Time and Date

10:00am on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

Agenda

09:00am Graduate and Guest Check-in Begins
09:30am Graduate Rehearsal
09:45am Graduate Check-in Ends
10:00am Ceremony Begins

Processional of Faculty
Processional of Graduates
National Anthem
Welcome by UMT President
Graduate Representative Speech
Special Remarks from the Dean
Conferral of Degrees
Recessional of Graduates
11:00am Reception
11:45am-12:15pm Group Photo at Iwo Jima*

*weather permiting

Location
General Gordon R. Sullivan Conference & Event Center, The Association of the United States Army (AUSA), 2425 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
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AUSA
Who is Eligible All UMT alumni who graduated in the past five (5) years and current students who will have completed all academic and financial requirements by June 1st, 2018 are invited. All outstanding balances must be paid by June 1st. Student Accounts can be reached at 703-516-0035, ext 1500.
RSVP for Commencement All graduates who plan to attend commencement must RSVP by Friday, June 1st, 2018.
Submit completed Commencement RSVP Form.
Fee for Commencement The Commencement Fee of $75.00 must be paid. The fee is refundable prior to June 1st. The Commencement Fee will be added to your account after we receive your RSVP form. Please wait for an email from us confirming that it is ready for you to pay in your Student Portal.
When to Arrive Graduates should arrive: one hour prior to the ceremony. Check-in begins one hour prior to the ceremony. All students must be checked-in 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.
Family and guests should arrive: At least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony for admission into and seating for the ceremony. Arrive early for best seating.
Where to Report Graduates: General Gordon R. Sullivan Conference & Event Center lobby
Family and guests: General Gordon R. Sullivan Conference & Event Center lobby
Cap, Gown and Hood A cap, gown and hood are required for the ceremony. They can be purchased through Jostens online.
You will purchase your cap and gown based on your height. You will also specify your major/curriculum for appropriate hood. Make your purchase at least one month prior to commencement to ensure you receive them in time for the event.
Length of Ceremony Approximately 1 hour.
Tickets Graduates have guaranteed seating. In addition, each graduate will be provided with two tickets at check-in for guests. There will be an overflow area with audio and video streaming of the live event in its adjacent room.
Event Livesteaming and Videos Commencement will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend. A link to the livestream will be provided at a later date via special announcement and your UMT Student Portal. Professional videos of the event are created and posted on UMT's YouTube Channel a few weeks after the event.
Who Is Included in the Commencement Ceremony Program? All students who RSVP before the posted deadline AND are in good academic and financial standing are included in the Commencement Ceremony program. The commencement program is only available at the Commencement Ceremony and is for registered students who are participating in the Ceremony and their guests.
Which Students Receive Honors Designations and How Do Honors Designations Work at Commencement? Bachelor’s candidates whose grade point average is 3.5 or greater and Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society (DET) members will have an honor designation printed on their name card, which will be read aloud upon crossing the stage.
Latin honors are as follows: cum laude 3.5-3.69, magna cum laude 3.7-3.89, summa cum laude 3.9-4.0.
DET International Honor Society is by invitation only. Currently UMT graduates whose GPA average achieves the top fifteen percentile are invited to join DET International Honor Society as a member.
Honors designations are not listed in the Commencement program.
Why Don’t Master’s and Doctoral Students Receive Latin Honors Designations? It is not traditional for graduate-level students to graduate with a Latin honors designation. At UMT, and most other institutions, Master’s and Doctoral students do not have honors distinctions read aloud during the Commencement Ceremony and they are not printed on the diplomas. However, qualified graduate students do receive an invitation to join the DET International Honor Society.
Children and Infants No one will be allowed to accompany graduates during the Commencement Ceremony as they will be seated separately from their family and friends. For safety reasons, please arrange for family and friends to care for your children and infants while in the theatre.
Reception A reception is planned after the Commencement Ceremony. The reception is approximately 45 minutes.
Photographs A photo session is planned at the nearby Iwo Jima Memorial after the reception. UMT will provide shuttle service to the Iwo Jima Memorial and back to the commencement venue for graduates. Graduates and family can also take photos with the UMT President, Academic Dean, faculty and staff during reception. Professional photos are taken during the event and posted on UMT social media sites a few weeks after the commencement.
Parking UMT reserved the General Gordon R. Sullivan Conference & Event Center parking garage for commencement day. The garage is available for all graduates and guests for free on the day of the event. Once parked, please take the elevator to the lobby.
AUSA parking
Special Needs Special accommodation seating can be arranged for disabled guests by emailing studentservices@umtweb.edu as early as possible.
Handicapped parking is available in the parking garage. Once parked, take the elevator to lobby. Alternatively, a ramp is available at the front of the building.
Hotel and Transportation UMT has secured a group discount rate at the Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza. The Hyatt Place Arlington/Courthouse Plaza is conveniently located right next door to the UMT commencement venue, and two blocks from the Court House metro. Rates are: $99/night for Friday (06/29) and/or Saturday (06/30 commencement day). Tax 13.25%. King Bed (with sofa bed) or Two Queen Beds (with sofa bed) rooms are available. Guests can enjoy free wireless Internet, free breakfast served daily, fitness center, and business center. Parking is valet only. Call (703) 243-2494 to book under block ID code "UMTM", or through the direct link at: https://arlingtoncourthouseplaza.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-UMTM. Group rate reservation cutoff date: June 8, 2018.
Airports DC area has three airports:
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – 5 miles from Courthouse. It is conveniently located by a Metro stop and is the closest airport to DC and the commencement site.
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 25 miles from Courthouse. It provides bus service to several Metro stops.
Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) – 45 miles from Courthouse.
Metro The DC area has a metro transit system, which makes getting around easy. The Court House metro stop connects to the Orange and Silver lines. For more information please visit the official Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website.
Take the Orange Line or Silver Line to the Court House stop and exit by following signs to Clarendon Blvd exit (left). Cross the street (Wilson/Clarendon) at the traffic light, turn left and walk west on Wilson about two blocks. The AUSA building at 2425 Wilson Blvd. is on your right and is identified by the gold letters AUSA.
Driving Directions FROM VIRGINIA
From I-66 E
Take the Lee Highway/Spout Run exit. Right onto Lee Highway. Turn right at the Quinn Street. Turn right on Wilson Blvd and continue west past the traffic light at Courthouse Road. Merge into the center lane and continue past the traffic light at Veitch Street for a block and a half. The AUSA building at 2425 Wilson Blvd. is on your right and is identified by the gold letters AUSA. Park in the visitor parking lot at the far end of the building.

From 1-395N
Exit at Washington Blvd (Rte. 27). Stay in right lane and exit at Arlington Blvd. (Route 50 East). Follow Route 50 in left lane to Courthouse Road (a left exit). Follow Courthouse up the hill. Road dead ends at Ireland's Four Courts -- this is Wilson Blvd. Turn left (west) on Wilson and merge into the center lane. Continue past the traffic light at Veitch Street for a block and a half. The AUSA building at 2425 Wilson Blvd. is on your right and is identified by the gold letters AUSA. Park in the visitor parking lot at the far end of the building.

FROM DC/MARYLAND
From I-395 S
Take 14th Street Bridge (I-395) to 110 North towards Rosslyn. Route 110 splits at Rosslyn; veer left and continue west on Wilson Blvd past the traffic light at Courthouse Road. Merge into the center lane and continue past the light at Veitch Street for a block and a half. The AUSA building at 2425 Wilson Blvd. is on your right and is identified by the gold letters AUSA. Park in the visitor parking lot at the far end of the building.

Through DC
Take Constitution Avenue West. Turn left at 23rd Street. Road swings around the Lincoln Memorial and to the right across the Memorial Bridge. Follow signs to Route 50 West. From Route 50 turn right at Courthouse Road. Follow Courthouse up the hill. Road dead ends at Ireland's Four Courts on Wilson Blvd. Turn left (west) on Wilson into the center lane. Continue past stop light at Veitch Street for a block and a half. The AUSA building at 2425 Wilson Blvd. is on your right and is identified by the gold letters AUSA. Park in the visitor parking lot at the far end of the building.
More Information Contact Student Services at (800) 924-4883 or by e-mail at studentservices@umtweb.edu.
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